What is the main idea of a History of the World in 6 Glasses?
What is it about? A History of the World in 6 Glasses (2006) is a look at human history through an unusual lens: our favorite drinks. These blinks outline the global rise of beer, wine, alcoholic spirits, tea, coffee and soda, and how they each played into major historical developments as they spread around the world.
How is the discovery of beer linked to the growth of the first “civilizations”? The discovery of beer introduced the need for grain in everyday society. This led to the need for agriculture, which then led to permanent settlements, creating the first civilizations.
What is the significance of beer to early human society?
Beer and Civilization
Solomon Katz theorizes that when man learned to ferment grain into beer more than 10,000 years ago, it became one of his most important sources of nutrition. Beer gave people protein that unfermented grain couldn’t supply. And besides, it tasted a whole lot better than unfermented grain.